According to the Guardian, Manchester United are interested in signing Barcelona full-back Dani Alves when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The Brazilian international has been available to discuss a pre-contract deal with English clubs since January, but has seemingly been trying to negotiate a new deal with Barcelona before making the decision to move on in the summer transfer window.
Nevertheless, ESPN reported on Thursday that the 32-year-old’s agent had conceded that discussions with Barca over a new deal were over.
‘’We didn’t reach any agreement with Barcelona to extend the contract that is up on June 30,’’ Dinorah Santana admitted. ‘’Dani is sad the negotiations are over. Dani will see out his contract at Barcelona in the best possible manner.’’
The time has now come for the 79-capped Brazil international to make a decision on his future and we can think of few better options for the defender than Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United.
In 2008, according to the Telegraph, Sir Alex Ferguson tried and failed to sign the Brazilian as the long-term replacement to Gary Neville. Now, Louis van Gaal should look to not make the same mistake.
Here are two key reasons to why Alves should look to make the move to England in the summer and why he could be the key to Premier League silverware for Van Gaal.
The chance to play a key role in a side looking for Premier League silverware.
The key behind Alves’ decision will be where can he go to win trophies.
At 32, it stands to reason that the Brazilian doesn’t have many years at the very top level so will be unwilling to sit on the bench or go to a club where he won’t win another medal.
Louis van Gaal could look to offer him a key role in a United defence that is lacking in leadership and experience – two things Alves has in abundance.
If he was to make the move to Old Trafford then Alves would have the chance to play a major part in the push to take the club’s Premier League trophy count to 21.
The chance to showcase himself on a worldwide stage.
Alves will be used to the glitz and glamour that comes with playing for a big club and at United he can have the same again.
La Liga and the Premier League are arguably the two biggest division’s in world football and given his lofty reputation in Spain, it could tempt him to take up a fresh challenge and look to expand that into England.
In another country, where there could be a lack of coverage or even a smaller fan base, he could become forgotten and unable to show just how much of a capable defender he still is on the world stage.